Quarry chiefs promise to ease dust misery

BOSSES of a major quarry say Cheddar residents' homes, gardens and cars should not continue to be plagued by an annoying dust this summer. People living in Cheddar complained that dust generated by the lime kiln at Batts Coombe Quarry became unbearable in

BOSSES of a major quarry say Cheddar residents' homes, gardens and cars should not continue to be plagued by an annoying dust this summer.People living in Cheddar complained that dust generated by the lime kiln at Batts Coombe Quarry became unbearable in April and May, with some residents having to wash their car windscreens every morning before they go to work.But bosses at the quarry say the increase in dust was largely down to dry weather and not necessarily from the lime kiln.Hanson Quarries, which owns Batts Coombe, also says due to a power cut, a vital piece of machinery which stops dust coming out of the kiln shut down temporarily, which would have caused more problems in the area.However, residents still fear they will have to endure another summer of dust, which they say sticks to whatever it touches and makes their lives a misery.A Hanson Quarries' spokesman said: "In another isolated incident a driver had not sealed his lorry properly and this generated some dust but we dealt with both incidents in a manner which the Environment Agency found satisfactory."We have a huge spray tank which is always cleaning the site and we are very conscious of the dust."We do not deny we are making dust but we do not think it is always us which is generating it."During dry seasons dust naturally arises from the fields and roads, which contributes to the amount which you would normally expect."There are other factors involved and we will be working our hardest to keep the dust to a minimum."If people have complaints they should ring the manager immediately on 01934 742733.


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